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BMW expands US ChargeNow service

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ChargeNow by EVgo, a BMW-backed EV fast-charging operator, is expanding its reach in North America

BMW North America has announced the expansion of the “ChargeNow by EVgo” programs (including ChargeNow DC Fast) to more than 50 metro areas across 33 US states, including the entire EVgo public charging network.

With this expansion, the automaker says that more than 92% of BMW i3, i8 and iPerformance (X5 xDrive40e, 740e xDrive, 530e and 330e) drivers in the North America will be able to enroll and use a ChargeNow by EVgo program suitable for their vehicle, at any EVgo station.

EVgo’s fast-charging network currently totals more than 668 dual-port DC Fast charging stations installed and available to EV drivers across the US, supported by supplemental Level 2 chargers. An additional 50-plus DC Fast chargers are planned to be installed – and added to the ChargeNow by EVgo programs for BMW drivers – during 2017.

BMW i and BMW iPerformance owners can enroll for a ChargeNow by EVgo program at ChargeNowUSA.com. Once enrolled, drivers easily locate EVgo chargers with ConnectedDrive in their BMW vehicle, either using the in-vehicle Navigation or by using the BMW Connected App. Enrolled BMW customers use the ChargeNow card provided with their vehicle to access EVgo stations in their area, to take advantage of ChargeNow by EVgo no-cost or reduced cost public charging.

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“DC Fast charging provides EV drivers with range confidence and allows them to go farther in a shorter period of time – something leading EV manufacturers like BMW see as an advantage. We share BMW’s vision to make EV ownership more convenient by expanding the ChargeNow by EVgo program to include more of our strategically placed chargers near retail and dining,” said Rob Barrosa, Vice President, OEM Strategy and Business Development at EVgo.

Source: BMW

 

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